ATLANTA, Jan. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Premier Exhibitions, Inc. (Nasdaq:PRXI), a leading presenter of museum-quality touring exhibitions around the world, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended November 30, 2012.
Comparing the third fiscal quarter ending November 30, 2012 with the prior year third fiscal quarter:
- Total revenue increased 27.1% to $7.9 million compared to $6.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. The growth in overall revenue was primarily due to higher merchandise revenue, which was driven by the assets and merchandising rights purchased from Exhibit Merchandising, LLC, an increase in venue attendance and increase in the average merchandise expenditure per ticket sold. These improvements in total revenue were offset partially by the continuing Hurricane Sandy-related shutdown of our semi-permanent exhibitions at The South Street Seaport location in New York City, which is estimated to have decreased exhibition revenue by approximately $0.4 million based on comparable results for the same period of fiscal 2012.
- Gross profit increased 53.9% to $3.5 million from $2.3 million in last year's third fiscal quarter, primarily due to the increase in merchandise revenues and the increase in management fee revenues for the exhibitions acquired from AEI. In addition, gross margins improved to 44.1% from 36.4% in the prior year.
- Net loss was $(0.6) million, or $(0.01) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(2.2) million, or $(0.05) per diluted share in last year's third fiscal quarter.
- Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure (1), was $0.7 million, an increase of $1.8 million from the prior year results.
- Total exhibition days were relatively flat at 1,246 as compared to 1,244 in the third fiscal quarter of 2012.
- Average attendance per exhibition day increased 31.3% to 399 from last year's third fiscal quarter.
- Average ticket prices decreased 2.9% to $16.00, compared to an average ticket price of $16.48 in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. The decline in average ticket price was not related to discounting activity, but rather the result of the economics of venues currently presenting along with the mix of touring and stationary exhibitions.
- General and administrative expenses decreased 6.0% to $3.3 million, compared with $3.5 million in last year's third fiscal quarter. The Company incurred lower legal and other professional fees and office expense that were only partially offset by higher compensation related expenses.
- On November 30, 2012, the Company had total cash and marketable securities of $6.6 million.
Michael Little, Premier's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, stated, "Our ability to successfully manage the seasonally slow third quarter will enhance our ability to be profitable on an annual basis for the first time in many years. We made substantial progress in expanding our merchandise business through acquisition and organic growth, and despite the impact of Hurricane Sandy, our exhibition portfolio proved its resiliency primarily through a sharp increase in daily attendance. Stronger revenue growth also enabled us to demonstrate the leverage opportunities afforded by our business model, as evidenced by significant improvements in gross profit and adjusted EBITDA compared to the year-ago period. Our primary operational objective is achieving sustainable long-term profitability as a standalone enterprise."